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WHAT DOES "AIDS" MEAN ? AIDSstands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. means you can get infected with it.Acquired Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body's system that fights diseases. Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease.
It is a medical condition caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make "antibodies," special molecules to fight HIV.
What is HIV? 'HumanImmunodeficiency Virus‘ HIV stands for the HIV is a virus. Viruses infect the cells that make up the human body and replicate (make new copies of themselves) within those cells. A virus can also damage human cells, which is one of the things that can make a person ill.
HIV can be passed from one person to another. Someone can become infected with HIV through contact with the bodily fluids of someone who already has HIV.
Stories about AIDS: That is a problem that Jiddah resident Jibril Ahmed, a 31-year-old guard, faced when, in 2004, he told his boss he was diagnosed with AIDS. Ahmed had no clue he had the virus until his seven-month-pregnant wife and the fetus died. A test determined the three were HIV-positive.
Ahmed says he guessed he became infected eight years ago, but he would not say how. "Everyone makes mistakes," he said. Because of his wife's death, his family learned of Ahmed's infection, including his two daughters, who are HIV-negative. Ahmed said family members at first were worried about catching the disease and would not touch the plates, cups, and cutlery he used. But now they have come to terms with it.
His daughters, 8 and 14 years old, know their dad is sick but don't know the details. "I hope they will eventually understand I didn't mean for this to happen," said Ahmed. Umm Muhammad also contracted the disease from her husband, she says. "At first, I was very upset and yelled at my husband and asked how the disease has penetrated our home," she said. "But I'm certain he hasn't done anything bad. That's why I'm still with him and I support him
Dr Khalid Al Zahrani, assistant undersecretary for preventive medicine at the Ministry of Health, said yesterday that the Aids prevalence rate in Saudi Arabia is one in every 10,000. “At least 51 Saudi youths, among some 120,000 who took pre-marriage Aids tests, were found to be HIV positive.
The introduction of pre-marriage tests has been proved a big success and produced positive results in helping to contain this mortal disease,” he said, adding that the Kingdom was determined to protect the health of both citizens and foreigners on its soil.
Most people get the HIV virus by: - having sex with an infected person. - sharing a needle (shooting drugs) with someone who's infected. - being born when their mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of an infected woman
Is There a Cure For AIDS? Worryingly, surveys show that many people think that there's a 'cure' for AIDS - which makes them feel safer, and perhaps take risks that they otherwise shouldn't. These people are wrong, though - there is still no cure for AIDS.
Done BY: Ahlam Mohammad Alghamdi Third year Class : B